Keough sworn-in as Superior Court Justice

Maureen B. Keough Sworn-in As Superior Court Justice

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo Tuesday swore-in Maureen B. Keough, the new Associate Justice of the state Superior Court.

"Maureen's exceptional trial skills and lifelong commitment to public service will make her an excellent addition to the bench," Raimondo said. "She has dedicated her life to giving victims a voice, working alongside law enforcement, and treating defendants with compassion and professionalism. I have no doubt she will continue to find creative solutions to making the criminal justice system work for the people it serves." 

"I am honored to join the Superior Court, and am excited to continue serving the citizens of the State of Rhode Island," Keough said. 

Maureen Keough, of Newport, has been a practicing attorney since 1995, beginning as a law clerk for the Rhode Island Superior Court. She then worked as an Associate Attorney at Keough & Gearon in Pawtucket. Keough later served as a judicial law clerk for Rhode Island Supreme Court Justice Maureen McKenna Goldberg. She has been with the Office of the Attorney General since 1999, where she started as prosecutor and rose through the ranks to become Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division. She has served on the department's Domestic Violence Task Force since 2006. Keough has been an Adjunct Professor at Johnson and Wales since 2015, lecturing on the historical development of the juvenile justice system. She is a graduate of Boston College and Suffolk University School of Law.

Keough will replace former Justice Edward C. Clifton, who retired last year. Clifton served for over two decades on the bench and now teaches at Roger Williams University Law School.

"I am grateful for Justice Clifton's dedication to the people of Rhode Island, from serving on the Providence Municipal Court and the Rhode Island District Court to his decades of service on the Superior Court," Raimondo said. "As a member and chair of the Rhode Island Supreme Court's Permanent Committee on Women and Minorities, along with his time as president of the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts, he continuously showed leadership and commitment in upholding fairness and equality for all in the justice system. The students at Roger Williams are lucky to have him, and I wish him all the best."

Superior Court has jurisdiction over all felony proceedings and civil proceedings where the amount in controversy is more than $10,000. Additionally, the Court has specialty business, gun, drug, sexual predator, and domestic violence calendars.

(release from Governor's Office)

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